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So I understand it takes Corsair time to put together their custom BIOS for the MEG Z690I UNIFY MOBO that is in the i300 and that is why I'm going to start this forum topic.  At the time of writing this Topic/Thread, if you go to this link https://us.msi.com/Motherboard/MEG-Z690I-UNIFY/support#down-bios  you can see there has already been a BIOS update officially released for this motherboard.  The release date was 2022-02-22.  Version 7D29v12.

These updates include:

- Support Post Screen Delay item function. <<<< Wonder if this is why Bios takes like 20 seconds just to post like other uses have previously mentioned.
- Improved MFlash function <<<< Will need this for improved future flashes.
- Update CPU Microcode <<<< I can imagine this being useful.
- Adjust PCIe Lanes setting <<<< I'm sure we would all like to have this, as it effects our GPU's and other devices to an extent.
 

Well the BIOS was officially released end of February and I'm writing this about a month after it's release near end of March.  Let's see how long the wait will be.

**** Please remember DO NOT use these BIOS updates from MSI, only use the ones provided BY Corsair.  Otherwise iCue could have issues communicating with your cooling system that is ran by iCue and the CORSAIR version of this BIOS ONLY. ****

 Peace!

 

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Unfortunately Corsair already stated this in another thread: they don't update their custom BIOS unless they think it is necessary. So they will look into BIOS update at their own discretion. 😔

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Corsair is very slow at updating the bios on their prebuilt PCs, if they ever do it. I got tired of waiting and ordered an Asus ROG Strix X570-I Gaming motherboard for my A100, one which I can update with the latest bios from Asus as their updates seem to have resolved the USB disconnects. I will be installing it next week.

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Wouldn’t installing a retail mobo result in issues with Corsair’s custom cooling system?

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@ToWn3r I'm not sure but I don't think it's the hardware that's different, just the BIOS loaded on it, but also my understanding is that you need Corsairs BIOS loaded for it to cool correctly.  Would be interesting if someone had the time and money to experiment. I know some here on the forum have Upgraded processors with new motherboards I think I remember them also ditching Corsair's cooling though.

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Tweaking so much with the HW makes me wonder if it is not better just to build a SFF myself. I really like the C1 for its size and power, but I am not afraid to build a computer myself (just would prefer to buy a pre-build to avoid the time spent in searching for the compatible parts, buying each in separate and building it).

There is no case like the C1 that I can find. Closest could be NZXT H1 v2, but probably does not support a 12900k + 3080ti. That is the beauty of the C1. But only theoretically, if in reality performance is not there due to temps or noise needs to be higher or whatever else we have to struggle with (like a limited BIOS).

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3 hours ago, jupiterstar said:

Tweaking so much with the HW makes me wonder if it is not better just to build a SFF myself. I really like the C1 for its size and power, but I am not afraid to build a computer myself (just would prefer to buy a pre-build to avoid the time spent in searching for the compatible parts, buying each in separate and building it).

There is no case like the C1 that I can find. Closest could be NZXT H1 v2, but probably does not support a 12900k + 3080ti. That is the beauty of the C1. But only theoretically, if in reality performance is not there due to temps or noise needs to be higher or whatever else we have to struggle with (like a limited BIOS).

 

At this point I’m pretty close to returning my i300 and doing this very thing. I’ve built my own systems for close to two decades now. But I’ve always had a crush on the Corsair One line… And when the specs of i300 launched, it made me foam out the mouth and save up a little and order one for myself.

But with all the issues that I’m having software and hardware wise, or software causing hardware issues, or whatever is going on.. And lack of quality customer service up to this point… It’s making me lean toward returning the system and just building my own.

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18 hours ago, ToWn3r said:

Wouldn’t installing a retail mobo result in issues with Corsair’s custom cooling system?

I stopped using Corsair's custom cooling system as soon as I got my A100; it was immediately evident that it was too unstable, resource hungry and inadequate for my operating environment. I use the BIOS to control the chassis fan based on cpu temp and gpu coolant temp after connecting the gpu coolant sensor in the AIO to the T_sensor header on the motherboard.

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5 hours ago, ckibue said:

I stopped using Corsair's custom cooling system as soon as I got my A100; it was immediately evident that it was too unstable, resource hungry and inadequate for my operating environment. I use the BIOS to control the chassis fan based on cpu temp and gpu coolant temp after connecting the gpu coolant sensor in the AIO to the T_sensor header on the motherboard.

How hard was that to do? Are the cables basically already there? Is all you need to do is just plug them into the correct spots on the motherboard?

Does the custom Corsair mobo have basically all these same connectors?

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https://download.msi.com/archive/mnu_exe/mb/MEGZ690IUNIFY100x150.pdf

 

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My system is the A100 with Corsair’s version of the Strix x570-i Gaming MB. That MB gets replaced next week by it’s retail version. The GPU coolant temp sensor cable is already there on the GPUAIO but short; that required an extension to reach th T_sensor header. GPU pump power also needed an extension to reach the MB AIO header.

I resorted to this as my CPU AIO pump failed after about 6 months and I replaced the pump with one from a H100i AIO which doesn’t have GPU AIO power daisy chain connection and GPU coolant sensor input.

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Replaced my A100 motherboard today with the retail ROG Strix x570-i Gaming. Now I can use the latest BIOS; so far no random USB disconnects.

I also tried using the larger GPU radiator on the CPU side. It fits with a bit of fiddling and the CPU temperatures about 13 degrees cooler under heavy load! Corsair should have done this from the get go.

Now for long term test for any of the prior random USB disconnects and system shutdowns 🙂

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@ckibue Nice job man!  Interesting to hear about the temp drops.  I have my old C1 and was going to do the same thing swapping out the Larger CPU Rad into the i300.  13C drop... interesting, very very nice! Bypassing iCue and running everything from the MOBO with BIOS sounds fun please let us know how it goes and any issues if we descide to follow suit!

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Working to my expectations so far. I opted to use an AIO pump from the H100i as that gives me more flow than the OEM one. Bleeding off the air in the loop was fun but not impossible. I also relocated the SSD after removing it's tray to improve airflow over the lower side of the now larger CPU AIO.

The 13C drop was with default settings, upping the CPU clock speed and some undervolting now gives a drop of about 8 to 10C.

While at it I added an NVME on the slot at the back of the MB. I also put in a 750 watt PSU for when I need to replace the 2080Ti.

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7D29v13 has now been released on MSI's website on 23 March.

Adds support for the 12900KS. Still awaiting update from Corsair on previous BIOS improvements.

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@Corsair FerAny update on when a BIOS update for the i300 modified MEG Z690I UNIFY Motherboard will be released by Corsair?

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On 3/21/2022 at 4:05 AM, zguy85 said:

So I understand it takes Corsair time to put together their custom BIOS for the MEG Z690I UNIFY MOBO that is in the i300 and that is why I'm going to start this forum topic.  At the time of writing this Topic/Thread, if you go to this link https://us.msi.com/Motherboard/MEG-Z690I-UNIFY/support#down-bios  you can see there has already been a BIOS update officially released for this motherboard.  The release date was 2022-02-22.  Version 7D29v12.

These updates include:

- Support Post Screen Delay item function. <<<< Wonder if this is why Bios takes like 20 seconds just to post like other uses have previously mentioned.
- Improved MFlash function <<<< Will need this for improved future flashes.
- Update CPU Microcode <<<< I can imagine this being useful.
- Adjust PCIe Lanes setting <<<< I'm sure we would all like to have this, as it effects our GPU's and other devices to an extent.
 

Well the BIOS was officially released end of February and I'm writing this about a month after it's release near end of March.  Let's see how long the wait will be.

**** Please remember DO NOT use these BIOS updates from MSI, only use the ones provided BY Corsair.  Otherwise iCue could have issues communicating with your cooling system that is ran by iCue and the CORSAIR version of this BIOS ONLY. ****

 Peace!

 

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Hi, I'm planning to upgrade the Z490i motherboard with MSI Z690i Unify retail version. Do you think the iCUE will lose connection with the cooling system? Then what if I flash the Corsair BIOS for the latest i300 Z690i MB into the my retail version one?

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7 hours ago, ForzaJuven said:

Hi, I'm planning to upgrade the Z490i motherboard with MSI Z690i Unify retail version. Do you think the iCUE will lose connection with the cooling system? Then what if I flash the Corsair BIOS for the latest i300 Z690i MB into the my retail version one?

Hi,

I use a retail motherboard on my a100 and with the latest retail BIOS which resolved usb timeout issues. I did try to install iCue and it worked ok with the retail motherboard so I believe it should work in your case too, even with the latest MSI BIOS.

Corsair BIOS' have some tweaking options disabled intentionally to contain thermals. I flashed a retail x299e-itx BIOS over my second system, an i182 and was able to unlock stuff like fan control etc. I added a second ultra slim fan for the CPU radiator and run and control it off the chassis fan header that I can now control and this improves thermals, I can now happily run the cpu at 700 MHz above base clock. And iCue does work with the retail BIOS, though I prefer using Argus monitor.

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On 4/29/2022 at 9:52 AM, ToWn3r said:

@Corsair FerAny update on when a BIOS update for the i300 modified MEG Z690I UNIFY Motherboard will be released by Corsair?

Unfortunately, we cannot provide estimated release dates due to the rigorous validations we go through to make sure any changes made will work well with our systems.  I am posting here to make sure you guys know we are aware of your feedback and are working on making improvements for future updates.

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Thank you for letting us know you’re aware of our feedback!

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@Corsair Fer. Thank you for the feedback.  Much appreciated man.

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On 6/6/2022 at 11:05 AM, Corsair Fer said:

Unfortunately, we cannot provide estimated release dates due to the rigorous validations we go through to make sure any changes made will work well with our systems.  I am posting here to make sure you guys know we are aware of your feedback and are working on making improvements for future updates.

Can you give us some insight please? Where do you stand currently with your investigation? The update was released in February and now it's July. That must be a very sophisticated testing procedure you have in place. Honest answer would be appreciated. Word has it, that you don't put too much effort in your systems, once they are released. Please prove us wrong. They are bloody expensive and if people feel like they are not getting the attention they deserve, the will buy their next system somewhere else. 

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I definitely understand the frustration with the information not being historically transparent as to what our releases address or when to expect a release.  It's good to hear your feedback, and I am actively working on getting that information made available to you, our fellow enthusiasts.  As much as I would like to give you more information, for now I can only reassure you that my team hears you, and we are working on it.

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